Video: Musée des Confluences / Coop Himmelb(l)au

14:00 - 21 December, 2015

"If you only think in architectural terms, only architecture will come out." - Wolf Prix

Inspired by space suits, Formula One circuits, and many other "mind expanding machines," Wolf D. Prix of Coop Himmelb(l)au explains the thought process that went behind their design of the Musée des Confluences in Lyon, France. With spiraling ramps and bridges throughout, the museum allows visitors to explore the space "freely," despite the constraints of gravity, and, in a sense, "conquer space." Read on for Spirit of Space's full interview with Prix. 

Schuman Bridge / Explorations Architecture

15:00 - 13 November, 2015
© Guillaume Satre
© Guillaume Satre

© Guillaume Satre © Guillaume Satre © Guillaume Satre © Guillaume Satre +22

University Centre "des Quais" / Auer Weber

04:00 - 22 August, 2015
© Aldo Amoretti
© Aldo Amoretti

© Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti +24

Coop Himmelb(l)au’s Musée des Confluences Through the Lens of Edmund Sumner

15:00 - 5 March, 2015
© Edmund Sumner
© Edmund Sumner

Edmund Sumner has shared with us images from his recent visit to Lyon, France, where he photographed Coop Himmelb(l)au’s newly completed Musée des Confluences. Perched on a century-old artificial peninsula at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, the “museum of knowledge,” as Coop Himmelb(l)au affectionately refers to it, is distinct for its “iconic gateway” - an openly traversable “Crystal” that provides multi-level access to the museum’s exhibition spaces and views of the building's unique context. Step inside, after the break. 

© Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner +29

La Sucriere / Z Architecture

04:00 - 24 February, 2015
© Michel Denancé
© Michel Denancé

© Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé +16

Musée des Confluences / Coop Himmelb(l)au

01:00 - 12 January, 2015
© Duccio Malagamba
© Duccio Malagamba

© Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba +16

Video: French Cities Come to Life in Mayeul Akpovi's Time-Lapse Movies

00:00 - 1 November, 2014

These mesmerizing time-lapse videos by photographer Mayeul Akpovi allow you to see several French cities like never before. Combined with captivating soundtracks, the videos show the architecture of ParisMarseille and Lyon throughout the day with changing light and varying levels of activity. Above, Part I of Paris in Motion displays shots of clouds moving across the sky, reflections on the Le Grande LouvreLa Grande Arche. Check out the remaining six videos after the break.

GL Events Headquarters / Studio Odile Decq

01:00 - 11 July, 2014
© Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

© Studio Odile Decq © Studio Odile Decq © Roland Halbe © Studio Odile Decq +34

Block 32 / Tectoniques Architects

01:00 - 10 July, 2014
© On Stage
© On Stage

© On Stage © On Stage © On Stage © On Stage +23

Green Cascade / Atelier de la Passerelle

01:00 - 29 June, 2014

Odile Decq to Launch A New Kind of Architecture Institute: 'Confluence'

00:00 - 24 February, 2014
Courtesy of Studio Odile DECQ architectes urbanistes
Courtesy of Studio Odile DECQ architectes urbanistes

Odile Decq has announced that she is launching a new kind of architecture school based upon the idea of "Confluence," an educational framework that "erases the predefined limits of the traditional academic structures for the benefit of the collaboration of talents, thoughts and disciplines." 

The Confluence Institute for Innovation and Creative Strategies in Architecture, which will be located in in Lyon, France, will bring together "Architects, critics, artists, thinkers, philosophers, film-makers, scientists, engineers and manufacturers" in order to develop an architecture that develops ideas unconstrained by "stylistic prejudice or ideology." More on this new initiative, after the break.

Sticky Fingers / Rue Royale Architectes

01:00 - 11 February, 2014
© Erick Saillet
© Erick Saillet

© Erick Saillet © Erick Saillet © Erick Saillet © Erick Saillet +13

Herzog & de Meuron Unveils Pedestrian-Centric City Center for Lyon Confluence

01:00 - 22 January, 2014
Block A3: west public transit. Image Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron
Block A3: west public transit. Image Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron

The Mayor of Lyon, France, has unveiled plans for a dense, mixed-use district planned for the Lyon Confluence. Masterplanned by Herzog & de Meuron, in collaboration with landscapist Michel Desvigne, the 35-hectare scheme will be the first plot developed in the second phase of a larger regeneration initiative that aims to “double the city-center” by reclaiming a massive, post-industrial site on the city’s central peninsula. Once complete, the second phase, known as “Ilot A3”, will provide more than 2,000 homes in a lush residential park and vibrant “market quarter.” 

In Progress: Musée des Confluences / COOP HIMMELB(L)AU

01:00 - 2 December, 2013
Courtesy of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU
Courtesy of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU
  • Architects

  • Location

    Lyon, France
  • Architect in Charge

    COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Wolf D. Prix, Helmut Swiczinsky + Partner
  • Design Principal

    Wolf D. Prix
  • Project Partner

    Markus Prossnigg
  • Project Architects

    Mona Bayr, Angus Schoenberger
  • Project Coordination

    Thomas Margaretha, Peter Grell
  • Local Architect, Planning

    Patriarche & Co, Chambéry/Lyon, France
  • Area

    46476.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, Hubert Canet, Balloïde

© Hubert Canet, Balloïde © Hubert Canet, Balloïde Courtesy of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Courtesy of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU +26

Villa B / Tectoniques Architects

01:00 - 11 November, 2013
© Erick Saillet
© Erick Saillet

© Erick Saillet © Erick Saillet © Erick Saillet © Erick Saillet +12

Social Bling-Bling / Y. Architectes

01:00 - 1 May, 2013
© Brice Robert
© Brice Robert

© Brice Robert © Brice Robert © Brice Robert © Brice Robert +12

Extension of the IUFM school in Lyon / Atelier de la Passerelle

01:00 - 20 February, 2013
© Jérome Ricolleau
© Jérome Ricolleau

© Frenchie Christogratin © Frenchie Christogratin © Frenchie Christogratin © Jérome Ricolleau +10

Public Toilets in the Tête d'Or Park / Jacky Suchail Architects

01:00 - 7 December, 2012